Holiday Stomach Pain and Bloating

Holiday Stomach Pain and Bloating – Is it Serious?

The holidays are a wonderful time where we spend more time with friends and family. It’s also a time where we eat lots of different foods we don’t normally eat.  Whether you love the holidays or dread the holidays one thing is for sure, that when we break our routine of eating, sleeping and drinking there is a greater chance of not feeling well. Is your holiday stomach pain and bloating serious and how can you tell?

Last Thanksgiving over thirty-six thousand people went to the emergency room that day.  Emergency room visits spike up to 12% over the holiday season in New York City.  In Kansas City one doctor estimates that his patient load climbs to 15% on Christmas Day.emergency visit

Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control show that people are not getting more injured during the holiday season, rather there are more cases of people eating the wrong thing, mistaking gastrointestinal issues with heart issues, food poisoning or problems related to too much alcohol.  People also do not take their daily medications with the rush of the holidays. The holidays can also bring on or exacerbate depression and other mood disorders needing attention and treatment.

To Be Clear:

Many hospital visits around the holiday time are for very real emergencies due to the excessive drinking and ultra-rich food that can precipitate a heart attack. Because of changes in routines, people delay in seeking treatment which compounds health outcomes. Heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent over the holidays. Fatal heart attacks peak on Christmas and the day after as well as New Year’s Day according to the journal Circulation.

Health emergencies over the holidays are a very real phenomenon not to be taken lightly and any change in your health or pain that is unusual should be checked out immediately.

With that said, this article will go over some common gastrointestinal issues that are very prevalent during the holiday season and what you can look out for, avoid, and some simple remedies.

Your Gastrointestinal Tract

A basic rundown of your gastrointestinal tract. The food you eat travels to your stomach from the esophagus. Digestion_largeThe esophageal sphincter at the base of the esophagus and the start of your stomach protects your esophagus from the acid in your stomach. The stomach breaks down food into chyme. The digestion of proteins takes place in the stomach along with a bit of carbohydrate. Most digestion takes place in the small intestines though. The chyme travels through the pyloric valve and into the small intestine where enzymes break down the food so it is absorbed into the bloodstream.  Whatever is not digested and absorbed into the body is now passed to the large intestine or colon where a stool is formed for excretion through the rectum and out the anus.

The small intestine has three parts to it.  The upper intestine is the duodenum, the middle part is the jejunum and the end is the ileum.

Now that you have an idea of the intestinal tract, you can determine where your pain is and understand better what may be happening.

Pain or Burning In The Throat Or In The Chest Area

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The most common pain in this area is usually associated with heartburn or acid reflux. This pain can extend from the throat to the mid-chest.  Heartburn is commonly treated with antacids or acid blockers. Most people believe that heartburn is due to the production of too much acid in the stomach. That is usually not the case in most instances. Too little acid is usually the culprit. During a meal, take one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 4 ounces of water. This will assist your stomach in breaking down food so it doesn’t back up into your esophagus.  

Magnesium deficiency can also be a culprit. Magnesium keeps the sphincter muscle tight and able to do its job of keeping acid out of the esophagus. Magnesium deficiencies make the sphincter relaxed and not able to keep acid out. Make sure you are supplementing with a quality magnesium supplement every day.

Pain or Discomfort In The Upper GI Area (Stomach)

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Sometimes there are complaints of pain behind the ribs, on the right side of the ribs or in the upper middle area right below the chest.  If the pain is right after something is eaten, suspect possible beginnings of an ulcer or gastritis. Mending the stomach by bolstering the mucous lining of the tissues is important. Try a mucilaginous product that can support the thin mucous lining of the stomach such as Metagenics Ulcinex for a month. See your doctor if symptoms don’t improve.

If the pain starts twenty minutes after you eat or so, suspect gas. Gas can be due to low stomach acid so try sipping one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with four ounces of water with your meal to see if it helps. It may also be due to SIBO or bacterial overgrowth in the stomach. Try probiotics to heal the stomach and check with your doctor to determine if you have SIBO.

If you notice the pain appears with a fatty meal, suspect possible gallbladder issues. If the pain is acute, seek medical attention quickly.

Pain or Discomfort in the mid stomach range

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This means pain anywhere on the belly button or within a span of up to two inches around the belly button. Pain in this area is where the small intestines are and the upper part of the large intestine.

This pain can be due to gas becoming trapped in the intestines due to poor eating hygiene from gulping a meal too fast.  Try peppermint capsules for gas and bloating issues.

When mid stomach pain is accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting think a possible stomach bug or food poisoning. Instead of reaching for the Immodium or Pepto Bismol, try a more natural remedy such as Dr. Schulze Formula #2.

Food intolerances and sensitivities can also be the culprit for mid stomach range pain.  You can test for food sensitivities. Some of the most common sensitivities are to gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs. You can even try your own elimination diet for a couple of weeks to see if those foods are your problem.

Constipation can be the source of this kind of pain too. One of the lesser-known sources of constipation is magnesium deficiency. Try adding magnesium to clear up the problem.

Bowel obstruction is a more serious and less common issue of mid stomach pain and needs to be seen by a doctor to rule that out.

Pain In The Lower Region Of The Gastrointestinal Tract (Below Belly Button)

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Lower abdominal pain is quite common. Women have a propensity for this kind of stomach pain due to the uterus, ovaries, and tubes in the region.

Women may have a urinary tract infection that can give pain in the area. Treat urinary tract infections naturally with D-mannose. Other female issues can include fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and menstrual pain.

Pain that originates on the lower right side and radiates to the back may be appendicitis and should be treated immediately in a hospital.

For men, the prostate and testicles are in that region so lower abdominal pain can stem from issues with those organs and should be checked by a doctor to rule out.

Crohns and IBD are serious inflammatory abdominal diseases that are accompanied by bloody diarrhea and constant pain. These conditions need to be ruled out by a doctor.

IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a catch-all diagnosis of non-inflammatory stomach issues like diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas. There are natural remedies to try for IBS such as supplementing with enzymes or probiotics and with peppermint capsules.  Eating differently during the holiday season can bring on IBS symptoms.  Making sure you stick to a normal eating pattern for most of the November and December months is critical to avoid IBS.  

Other possible causes of lower abdominal pain can due to:

 

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Gastroenteritis (Food poisoning)
  • Hernia
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Kidney stone
  • Miscarriage
  • Diabetic Keto Acidosis
  • Testicular torsion
  • Prostatitis in men
  • Celiac disease
  • Eosinophilic colitis
  • Anxiety
  • Retention of urine in the bladder
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Food Allergy
  • Bowel cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Diverticulitis

In conclusion, the reasons for stomach pain can be many.  During the holiday season, we may disregard stomach pain as being eating irregularly and too much.  Stomach pain can originate in the upper, mid and lower regions of the stomach and can be as simple as eating hygiene issues like eating food too quickly and not chewing properly to serious stomach issues. Knowing the source of the pain can help you determine what the problem might be. If the pain is accompanied by fever and vomiting, calling your doctor or a trip to the emergency room is in order. Otherwise, there are simple remedies that you can implement to help you get relief fast.

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4 Best Life Extension Vitamins For Gut Health – A Trusted Brand

When you’re suffering from any type of gut health issue, finding relief with products that actually work is so important for healing. Today I’m going to explain the 4 best Life Extension vitamins for gut health and how they can assist you with healing your digestive tract.

Life extension is a trusted brand of vitamins and has been for years.  I use them regularly because I am rest assured they are high quality and have the required, effective therapeutic dosage I’m looking for. When dealing with any illness or health challenge, if you decide to use supplements, herbs or another non-medicine approach, you want to be assured that what you are taking is effective and has the therapeutic level of supplement that can actually benefit you.  If you’re like me, you’d also like to see a little science behind the product as well.  If you suffer from digestive issues like millions of people today, taking supplements is very important and you want to spend your money on quality.

A Little Background

Life Extension came about in 1980 to fill a gap in scientific research pertaining to identifying technologies that can delay/reverse aging and premature death. Their scientific research transcends academic institutions, medical companies, and conventional thought.   

Conventional, mainstream research focuses on heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.  The main causes of death today. Life Extension provides scientists with millions of dollars every year to conduct research geared toward the prevention of or postponing of these diseases so humans can live longer with a higher quality of life.  

Life Extension’s clinical research involves the exploration of innovative dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and medical devices. As a result, their dietary supplements and the formulations are always based on their research and have the recommended dosage for therapeutic value.

Because of Life Extensions clinical research in the area of supplements for health conditions their research findings end up in their supplements. Knowing that you are taking the right vitamin for the right condition and at the appropriate dose makes taking Life Extension supplements a no-brainer.Adobe Spark (83)

Every Year, Millions Suffer From Digestive Issues

Digestive challenges harm the quality of life for many Americans today.  IBS is on the rise and is becoming an employer’s nightmare.  Many people are missing workdays due to IBS and work productivity is lower when employees suffer from IBS.  IBS sufferers can experience gas, bloating, pain, constipation, reflux, and diarrhea.  

GERD or reflux is when digestive acids make their way to the esophagus causing heartburn and pain. This can be due to too little or too much hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

IBD (irritable bowel disease) is when chronic inflammation results in pain and inflammation of the intestines and bowel. IBD is a serious condition which needs treatment from conventional and alternative therapies.  Read more about IBD. Continue reading

How To Relieve Constipation Fast

How To Relieve Constipation Fast – Your GI Joy!

The typical American diet is nutrient poor.  We consume little to no fruits and vegetables and we eat mostly processed foods filled with sugar, artificial chemicals, preservatives, and chemical additives. And when we are not consuming processed foods, we are eating conventional meat products that are hormone and drug laden from animals that are sick and highly stressed.  It’s no wonder our digestive systems are all out of whack. One of the most common maladies of our day is constipation. I will address how to relieve constipation fast with some natural methods.

We sleep little and our lives are filled with stress and many use alcohol and drugs for recreation or to escape boredom and depression. We have an unprecedented exposure to toxins in our home, schools, work and playgrounds.  This compounds digestion issues and our overall health.Digestion_large

The Process Of Digestion

You may have heard that if you stretched out our digestive system it would span 30 or more feet in length.  It is the biggest organ in our body.  Our digestive system is the gateway for nutrition for every cell in the body and it’s also the primary waste removal function as well. Digestion begins in the mouth and ends at the rectum.

Saliva starts the digestive process when we chew our food.  Through peristalsis the food is moved along the digestive system. Peristalsis is a series of muscle contractions that are automatic.

Food is liquified and broken down by stomach acid and enzymes, called chyme. Chyme enters the small intestine where most absorption of nutrients takes place.  After nutrient absorption is complete, the remains go to the large intestine (colon).  The remains consist of leftover fiber, hormones, water, toxins and everything the liver has detoxified and moved to the large intestine (colon), including heavy metals. This waste is stored in the rectum, where it is then excreted via the anus.

As you can see, this is a process where food and waste move along the system.  In a perfect world, this process is efficient and works well.  You feel great when you are absorbing food and eliminating waste efficiently.

Types Of Constipation:

Most of us have experienced constipation at some point in our lives.  Traveling and jet lag can bring on constipation issues as well as dehydration or a sudden change in diet.  These are usually short lived and pose no problems.

Chronic constipation is huge and concerning. Getting constipation under control is critical for future health. The National Institute of Health (NIH) says that 15 percent of the population has an issue with chronic constipation.  In some instances, constipation can be life threatening. Constant exposure of the colon walls to heavy metals, hormones, toxins over a period of time can damage the lining to the colon walls.  When waste is not eliminated and the colon is holding the stool, those toxins that the liver eliminated into the colon for elimination now can be reabsorbed by the body into the system again causing all sorts of diseases.

Transit time needs to be shortened so as to not expose the colon wall tissue to toxins and the danger of re-absorption of toxins into the system.

Causes Of Constipation

  • The muscle contractions in the colon are slow due to low stomach acid, snacking all day, food sensitivity or intolerance, iron supplements, food sensitivities.
  • Dehydration. Lack of sufficient water intake.
  • Not enough fiber in the diet.
  • Not enough healthy fats in the diet.
  • Not enough microbes in the stool (probiotics) to soften the stool sufficiently.
  • Nervous system imbalance.
  • Drugs like opioids, antihistamines used long term.
  • Statin drugs.
  • Thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue.

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Conventional Constipation Relievers – Stay Away!

OTC constipation remedies like fiber supplements including Benefiber, Citrucel, Metamucil have high levels of soluble fiber which help bulk up the stool and trigger muscle contraction (peristalsis) to trigger a bowel movement. However, these OTC fiber supplements contain ingredients that are not good for you and can trigger other issues.  Ingredients like citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, sugar or sugar substitutes, artificial colors, maltodextrin etc. are not healthy and should be avoided.

Natural Solutions For Constipation

When struggling with constipation, you just want fast relief.  These natural remedies listed below can help you fast, but they are not a long term solution.  You need to dig further and get to the root of your digestion issues so you can finally heal your body and digestive system.  Taking part in a gut healing program is a great way to start you on your way to better digestive health and less constipation.  Dr. Jockers gut program is one I recommend.

Try these for fast relief:

  1. Natural Chewing Gum with Xylitol. Xlyitol is a well-tolerated natural sugar alcohol that loosens stools gently.  Chew on this gum several times a day for relief. This is the most gentle approach but effective. Try Pur brand with no aspartame and other chemicals.
  2. Prunes. Contain sorbitol, another stool loosening sugar alcohol and polyphenols which are high in phytonutrients. The fiber in prunes along with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants make this another effective and quick, usually overnight, constipation solution.  There is no long term side-effects from eating prunes. Eat 5 at night before bed with a big glass of water.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil. Consume ¼ cup in a small fruit smoothie at night prior to bed. If necessary, repeat mid-morning the following day. Intense and effective.
  4. Stimulant Herb formulas usually feature senna and/or cape aloe (with no artificial/chemical additives): Dr. Schulze “Formula #1” or Renew Life’s “Cleanse more” are very effective.  They work fast.  They are natural, but that doesn’t mean you can use them long term.  Use only for quick, effective constipation relief occasionally.  

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Dr. Schulze’s Formula #1

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Renew Life Cleanse More

In conclusion, constipation can be a short term annoyance or chronic and long term.  Getting to the root of chronic constipation is critical, but there are some naturally quick and effective solutions that you can incorporate today to help you go.  Stay tuned for my next article on long-term remedies for chronic constipation.

If you tried any of these methods please let me know how it worked.  Or just leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers!

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Leaky Gut Symptoms – How To Know For Sure!

Leaky gut or leaky gut syndrome is defined as leakage of molecules from the intestine into the intestinal walls and then possibly into the bloodstream. The intestinal wall has tight junctures that do not allow for anything to pass through other than nutrients and other molecules.  When these tight junctures become loose, they allow other particles to flow through.  This is called ‘increased intestinal permeability’ by medical professionals.  In the alternative medicine field, it is called ‘leaky gut syndrome.’   There is no diagnostic test for leaky gut syndrome and some doctors do not buy into the syndrome.  If stomach issues have cropped up in your life, it’s up to you to know the leaky gut symptoms so you can help heal your condition.

Common Causes Of Leaky Gut

1) The openings of our intestinal walls (think of them as pores) become irritated through inflammation and as a result they widen, allowing particles of food and other substances to flow through that are not supposed to. One reason for the inflammation is chronic constipation.  Over time toxins from chronic constipation irritate the lining of the intestines.

2) Another factor is an imbalance of gut bacteria. Ideally, there should be a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria or gut flora.  When there is an imbalance of gut flora this causes irritation to the lining which allows the pores to widen.

3) Another factor is the very common use of antibiotics and OTC NSAID drugs like Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. These NSAIDS and antibiotic use contribute to the imbalance of bacteria that causes irritation to the walls of the intestine.

4) Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory ‘vitamin’. A vitamin D deficiency is associated with heart disease, cancer, inflammation and leaky gut. Vitamin D is also the gate keeper to the tight junctures in the stomach lining.  Being deficient raises the risk for leaky gut. Get tested for Vitamin D deficiency and then take at least 2000 – 5000 IU’s of vitamin D with K every day.

5) Excessive sugar consumption. Eating too much sugar feeds bad bacteria resulting in an imbalance of the gut flora. Since an imbalance irritates the intestinal wall, leaky gut can be the result.

6) Excessive stress.  Stress causes excess cortisol to be released on a consistent basis throughout the day which courses through the body contributing to inflammation and the risk of leaky gut.

So, You Have Some Of The Causes…What Are The Symptoms?

  • Food allergies.  If you suffer with food allergies for a long time, leaky gut may be to blame.  When food molecules pass through the inflamed barrier, reactions occur.
  • Candida. Candida overgrowth invades the intestinal wall causing inflammation and permeability in the gut leading to leaky gut.  If you have candida and are also experiencing food allergies or other gut problems, you probably have leaky gut.
  • Bloating and gas, especially after meals.
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Chronic joint pain and muscle pain.
  • rashes
  • frequent headaches

When you have several of these symptoms together or there is no other reason for these symptoms, leaky gut should be suspected.

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The first thing you need to do is get your diet under control.  Food allergies must be addressed.  The constant inflammation of the gut lining will will keep the junctures open causing a cycle of inflammation and food allergies.  A healing diet needs to be in place to reduce inflammation to the gut.  This means avoiding grains, dairy, sugar and processed foods.  Diet is the hardest thing for people to comply with.  If you need help, a health coach can get you and keep you on track.

Candida, parasites and bacteria overgrowth need to be resolved.  Yeast and fungus are stubborn and it’s hard to eliminate them, so being consistent with your diet is very important.  You will need to supplement with healing herbs and keeping your body at a consistent PH level.

Stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes are important to replenish.  Hydrochloric acid helps with regulating stomach acid and enzymes are needed to help with digesting food well.

Watch this free webinar starting February 8th to get more information.

When Can You Expect Healing?

The goal is to rehabilitate the lining of the stomach and tighten up the juncture openings.  Recovery can take anywhere from a couple of months to several months depending on the severity of your symptoms.  If candida is one of your symptoms, it will most likely take the latter amount of time to recover.  The good thing is that you can heal.  Joining a leaky gut program can help you get results faster.  I recommend a program because doing it on your own is tricky and working with a health professional can guide you through tough parts or if you have questions.

In conclusion, Leaky Gut Syndrome is an emerging illness that doctors are starting to recognize.  Leaky gut occurs mostly from inflammation which opens up the tight junctures allowing molecules past the gut lining possibly into the bloodstream causing a ripple effect of chronic illnesses ranging from digestive problems to autoimmune disease.  Having certain symptoms over a period of time is a good indicator that you may be suffering from leaky gut.  Working with a professional to help heal your leaky gut is recommended.

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Heal Your Gut Diet – Have A Happy Tummy!

Suffering from digestive problems is a nightmare for millions of people.  It’s hard to have any quality of life when your stomach hurts and you need to make sure there is a bathroom available wherever you go. For employers, work productivity is lower among their employees suffering from this syndrome,  making IBS something that everyone should be concerned about.   For many people, food has become the enemy.  Not knowing what to eat, when to eat and IF to eat becomes a daily struggle.   A heal your gut diet would be welcomed by many, so I put together some foods that you should include in your diet every day.

Why are certain foods the enemy?

IBS symptoms are different for each person who suffers from it.  Some have bloating and gas.  Others have endless constipation, some with diarrhea while some people suffer from all of them!  Different foods can trigger certain symptoms in those who are sensitive.  First, let me address the foods that are related to certain symptoms.

bloating foodsBloating and Gas:  Trigger foods to avoid are beans, Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, raisins, and raw vegetables.  WHY?  If your stomach is healthy, you can digest raw vegetables, but if you cannot, then bloating and gas is a result.  Wait until you strengthen your digestion before you eat raw veggies.

Constipation:  Trigger foods for constipation include bread and cereals made with refined grains. Processed foods, coffee, soda and other carbonated drinks as well as alcohol.  High protein diets as well as high protein smoothies.  Dairy products, most notably cheese.  WHY?  If you are eating a high protein diet, your needs for hydration increase.  If you don’t drink enough water, constipation is the result. The high-fat content in cheese is thought to be a factor in constipation. The mildly dehydrating effect of caffeinated coffee can be enough to trigger constipation.

Diarrhea:  Trigger foods for diarrhea are chocolate drinks, alcohol, fructose, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fried and fatty foods, dairy products, wheat and gluten products. Too much fiber in the form of insoluble fiber that is in the skins of fruits and veggies.  WHY? Insoluble fiber is like a scrubbing brush for your digestive system and too much of it can be very irritating. The caffeine in chocolate and coffee are irritating to the stomach walls. The high-fat content of fried foods is irritating to the stomach.

The ABC’s of Gut Healing Foods

Some foods cause little digestive distress and are good to eat in moderation every day.

Almonds, including almond butter and oil
Apples
Apricots, fresh or dried
Artichoke, French
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant)
Avocados, including avocado oil
Berries, all kinds
Black radish
Bok Choy
Brazil nuts
Broccoli
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For Constipation:  Increase your fiber by 2 grams a day until you get to 25 grams if you’re a woman and 35 grams if you are a man.  Dried plums or prune juice is great.  Take a high quality probiotc with every meal. Drink pure water every day, up to half you body weight in water.

For Diarrhea:  Soluble fiber adds bulk to your stools.  Some food examples are oats, brown rice, flesh of fruit (not skin) whole wheat breads and pasta.  Don’t mix hot and cold foods in the same meal.  For example, iced beverages with hot soup. Onions and cabbage are not your friends when you have diarrhea.  Eat small portion and do not drink water with your meals.

Knowing what to eat to calm your stomach is so important when dealing with digestive issues.  It’s just as important to know what not to eat as well.  Supplements are also very important when healing your gut.  Check out my article on supplements that help with healing your gut.

If you would like to finally feel better and know how to treat your stomach with foods and supplements, sign up for my 7 day program.

An elimination diet is critical to do to get a handle on your trigger foods.  You can do an elimination diet through a Health Coach like me, or you can try it on your own.  I recommend a workbook or guide to help you through it. Try this one from Amazon.com.

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Fast Natural Constipation Relief – Say NO to Fiber!

Our gut bacteria is responsible for making passable stools.  Yup, I said it!  Our gut bacteria when healthy and diverse is vital for the prevention of many stomach ailments such as constipation, maintaining immunity and lowering our risk of colon cancer.  This article will address fast, natural constipation relief, so you can feel better and live more healthy.

Are you having one bowel movement a day?  If you’re not, you should consider taking some constipation remedies.  When we don’t have at least one boconstipationwel movement a day, toxins accumulate in the colon and can find their way to the bloodstream causing inflammation and other illnesses.  Constipation can increase your risk of hemorrhoids and colon cancer.

Probable Causes Of Constipation

  • Poor diet.  A diet focused on fast food, processed food, low in fiber and vegetables and good bacteria.
  • Too many laxatives. You can become dependent
  • Hypothyroidism
  • IBS
  • Consistently ignoring the urge to go
  • Functional Fiber

While eating recommended servings of fiber is beneficial and encouraged, too much fiber is counterproductive.  Excess fiber through “functional fibers” (which I will explain below) is not beneficial because it can exasperate or bring on digestive problems.  When fiber is eaten in moderation, 25 -30 grams per day via fruits, vegetables and legumes, gut bacteria is balanced through fermentation and healthy byproducts that strengthen the lining of the stomach. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily fiber intake of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women.  They also recommend “functional fibers” to the diet, which is highly questionable.

What Are Functional Fibers?

Functional Fibers are non-digestible carbohydrates that have been isolated or extracted from a natural plant or animal source, or they may be manufactured or synthesized. Examples:  psyllium husks, chitin from crustacean shells, fructooligosaccharides, polydextrose, and resistant dextrins. Then there are the ‘gums’, such as xanthan or guar gums.  To put it plainly, these are man-made fibers.

These functional fibers are added to processed foods and act as bulking agents or thickening agents. Or they are used to bulk up the fiber content for consumers looking to meet their recommended guidelines.  There is no evidence linking functional fiber to healthy outcomes such as reduced heart disease or cancer. However, consumers are purchasing foods made with these man-made fibers thinking they are doing something good for their health.  Food manufacturers love this cheap form of fiber so they can market their products to be a good source of fiber.  The food industry says manufacturers can claim their product is a good source of fiber at 3 grams of added fiber.   Selling more grain based products with functional fiber is popular with manufacturers.  It’s cheap and it sells.

How Does Fiber Prevent and Relieve Constipation?

In a perfect world, fiber is beneficial in preventing and relieving constipation along with healthy gut microbiome. Dietary fiber is the name given to the non-digestible carbohydrates in plants.  There are two kinds of dietary fiber:

  • Insoluble fiber: Found in wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Soluble fiber: Found in oat bran, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and peas, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, turnips, asparagus are good sources.  All vegetables and fruit have a balance of each type.

Dietary fiber eaten in moderation is critical along with healthy gut bacteria which in turn, lowers your chances of constipation.  It does this by increasing the size of your stools, making them softer and easier to pass through your bowels.  Insoluble fiber bulks up stools and acts like a scrub brush, sweeping through to get everything out and moving along.  Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel-like substance to help your stools pass smoothly while keeping their form.  Insoluble fiber is not digested and passes through unchanged to the large intestine.  An estimated 100 trillion live bacteria reside mainly in the large intestine and this bacteria is necessary to aid fiber in the forming and making of soft stools.  In the absence of beneficial bacteria, more and more fiber is needed to bulk up the stools to make them soft and formed.

 

How Does Fiber Contribute To Constipation?

Doctors will tell you to eat more fiber if you are constipated, but many times too much fiber will exacerbate the condition or bring it on.  The conventional thinking is that fiber bulks up the stool and aids in water retention in the colon.  In reality, the stool moisture content remains at 70 to 75% regardless of the amount of fiber and water consumed.   When you increase your fiber intake  while constipated or prone to constipation and your gut bacteria is not diverse, missing or lacking in good bacteria, the fiber will not soften and leave you with worse constipation.  The man-made add-in fibers, functional fibers, that are in processed food add to the bulking of stools.  These functional fibers are in everything from cereals to ice cream.

Fast And Natural Constipation Relief!

  1. Reduce your dietary fiber intake.  According to recent studies,  dietary fiber is associated with “increased bloatedness and abdominal discomfort.  The insoluble fiber was reported to worsen the clinical outcome of abdominal pain and constipation. In our recent study, patients who followed a diet with no or less dietary fiber intake showed a significant improvement, not just in their constipation, but also in their bloatedness. Patients who completely stopped consuming dietary fiber no longer suffered from abdominal bloatedness and pain. These symptoms are caused by the fermentation of dietary fiber by colonic bacteria, which produces hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. Gases that are trapped by peristaltic colon exert pressure on the walls, causing the abdominal pain experienced by patients.”
  2. Take Probiotics that contain BifidobacteriumResearchers at King’s College in London found clinical trials that were done on people with constipation and whether or not they took a probiotic.  The findings were positive for increasing weekly bowel movements and for softening the stool for easier passing.
  3. Eat Foods that contain probiotics. Kefir, Kombucha, plain yogurt are good foods to add.
  4. Herbs.  Try aloe vera, Senna, Nettles or specially made teas for constipation.
  5. Bowtrol.  A natural ‘laxative’ that is gentle and effective.

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